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Matthews highlights deep talent pool for 2016 draft

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 4:45 PM / NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

SUNRISE, Fla . -- The excitement surrounding Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel has subsided, but there could be an even greater collection of future stars at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, N.Y.

The 2015 draft at BB&T Center saw Erie Otters center McDavid selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 choice, and Boston University center Eichel chosen by the Buffalo Sabres with the No. 2 pick. Each is expected to be starring in the NHL in 2015-16 and, perhaps, challenge for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

Meanwhile, NHL scouts are setting their sights on a 2016 draft that will include plenty of blue-chip talent. That group is led by center Auston Matthews, who was born Sept. 17, 1997, and missed the cut for the 2015 draft by two days. If Matthews were eligible, many believe he might have challenged McDavid as the first choice.

College freshmen dot November players to watch list

Thursday, 11.20.2014 / 9:00 AM / NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer


The previous time as many as three college players were selected in the first round of the NHL Draft was almost nine years ago, when freshmen Jonathan Toews, Phil Kessel and Mark Mitera went off the board in short order.

There's a strong chance that will be duplicated at the 2015 NHL Draft at BT&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26.

NHL Central Scouting on Thursday released its players to watch list for November and identified Boston University center Jack Eichel, Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin and University of Michigan defenseman Zach Werenski as A-rated skaters considered first-round candidates for the 2015 draft.

Buffalo Sabres to host 2016 NHL Draft

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 2:38 PM / NHL Draft


NEW YORK – The Buffalo Sabres® will host the 2016 NHL Draft™ at the First Niagara Center, the Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League announced today. The Draft will be held over two days, Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, 2016. NHL® club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.

The 2016 event will mark the third time the Sabres and the city of Buffalo host the NHL Draft, and the second time the event will be at the First Niagara Center. The Draft was held at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in 1991, when Eric Lindros was selected first overall. The last time the Draft was in Buffalo, in 1998, Vincent Lecavalier was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.



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